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Rich Family History

Kelly

I have been researching my family history since 1995; I found many interesting stories and family names. The first thing that I found was that some of my family history circle back to the state I currently live. I also found that I’m a descendant of the first white Choctaw Chief Nathaniel Folsom on my father’s side of the family. Continue reading ...

April 23, 2012 | 1 Comment

Maggie Glyllenhaal and Robert Downey, Jr.

Hal Smith

The mention of ancestors who first saw America from Ellis Island reminded me of a trip to Ellis Island on a theatre trip to New York City a few years back (the wife and I try to catch some Broadway and off-Broadway shows in NYC every few years). Continue reading ...

April 23, 2012 | 6 COMMENTS

Famous Relatives and missing ancestors

Alli

On my Dad’s Mothers side, we are eligible to join the DAR and The Mayflower Society due to ancestors who founded Hartford, CT, and relatives that signed the Declaration of Independence (Robert Livingston and Fuller as well.) Continue reading ...

April 23, 2012 | 1 Comment

Me and birth mom Doris

Founding Who I am

Jewell Evans

I did a search and found my birth mother Easter in April 2007 after doing a search and she was found after about 2 weeks. Who knew she had lived in Everett, WA while I was in Seattle. My birth father who is deceased was upset even bringing up anything about her so I never pursued it when I was younger. Continue reading ...

April 23, 2012 | 5 COMMENTS

White/Black & Indian..

Fred Stephenson

First, my mom kept everything pictures papers etc. I have an area State Archives in my home town so I was able to do a lot of research on my own. Through my grandfather I traced his family/relatives and came across a fun fact. Continue reading ...

April 23, 2012 | 2 COMMENTS

Missing link…

Kristin Burt Cooper

I was adopted in 1967, through the Los Angeles County public system. Therefore, all my records are sealed. Continue reading ...

April 23, 2012 | 3 COMMENTS

Freemen

Michael W. Parker

I was able to trace my ancestry back from 1815, Jefferson County, MS. My great-grandfather name was Lyman Taylor, apparently a FREEMAN of color. Continue reading ...

April 23, 2012 | 1 Comment

Geoffrey Canada

Sheilia Kristine Canada

I am curious whether Mr. Canada is related to my husband & sons. Continue reading ...

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Kings, Generals and Presidents

Barbara Coyne

General Israel Putnam is reputed to have said, "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes." He is my uncle of many generations ago. Continue reading ...

April 21, 2012 | Leave a comment

I’ve Always Wondered

Monta Gardner

My father's name was Roger Williams Gardner. Grandma said he was named for an ancestor who founded Rhode Island. Continue reading ...

April 20, 2012 | Leave a comment

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The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of the new 10-part PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the 12th series from Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. Filmed on location across the United States, the series premieres nationally Sundays, March 25 – May 20 at 8 pm ET on PBS (check local listings).

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